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Whistleblower says Texas VA is run
like a ´crime syndicate´ as wait times
averaged 115 DAYS and Republicans
push for private-care vouchers

Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 5/28/2014 5:15:09 PM

The Obama administration´s Veterans Affairs Department scandal deepened on Wednesday, with a whistle-blower from a Texas VA hospital saying the health system is run like ´an organized crime syndicate´ and a preliminary inspector general report declaring that veterans in Phoenix waited an average of 115 days to be seen by a doctor. [Snip] And the new interim inspector general report found that at least 1,700 veterans were denied spots on official waiting lists in Phoenix alone. And 84 percent of them waited longer than the 14-day limit that´s etched into published VA guidelines.

      


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European fascism has returned? It never
went away and it probably never will
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/28/2014 8:03:49 AM     Post Reply
We used to kid ourselves by saying, “It couldn’t happen here”. Fascism in 21st century Europe was surely dead--rendered null and void by memories of World War II, greater wealth, multiculturalism, growing tolerance and our faith in social progress. Yet, last week a significant number of Europeans voted for far-Right movements that bear comparison with 1930s fascism. The Front National in France (25 percent), Golden Dawn in Greece (10 percent), the Danish People’s Party in Denmark (27 percent), Party for Freedom in the Netherlands (12 percent), Freedom Party in Austria (20 percent), and Jobbik in Hungary (15 percent). Members of

   

 

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Americans in Libya told to ´depart
immediately´ amid new calls for
attacks against U.S. citizens
Daily Mail [UK], by Associated Press & Daily Mail Reporter    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/28/2014 7:19:46 AM     Post Reply
The State Department recommended Tuesday that Americans leave Libya immediately and warned U.S. citizens against any travel to the North African country. The department also said that due to security concerns and limited staffing it was only able to offer limited emergency services to U.S. citizens there. There was no move yet to evacuate diplomats from the embassy. The warning happened the same day Libya´s new Prime Minister Ahmed Maites was targeted in an attack on his compound, and the leader of Islamic extremist group Ansar al-Shariah warned the U.S. against backing a renegade general.

Obama´s egg-timer strategy risks
undermining Afghan gains
Telegraph [UK], by Rob Crilly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/28/2014 7:07:11 AM     Post Reply
There was nothing surprising about Barack Obama´s Rose Garden announcement that 9800 American troops will stay in Afghanistan after the end of combat operations this year. That is the figure that has long floated around among senior Nato commanders inside the country. More surprising is that they won´t be staying long. The number seems to be just one stop along the drawdown de-escalator, before all troops are out in 2016. With the Taliban still capable of launching spectaculars in the capital Kabul and al-Qaeda running a shadow army it seems as if political considerations have been put ahead of Afghanistan´s needs.

Any failures in Iraq and Afghanistan
are due to political incompetence,
not flawed strategy
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/28/2014 7:02:31 AM     Post Reply
The conclusions reached in "Wars in Peace", a publication by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), which claims to offer an audit of Britain´s military campaigns since the end of the Cold War, makes for depressing reading, particularly its damning conclusion that the estimated £29 billion spent on the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in "strategic failure" and have had the effect of increasing Islamist-inspired terrorism. I have not yet had the opportunity to read the publication itself in full, but if the press reports of its contents are accurate then I profoundly disagree with the conclusions that

UK troops to help free Nigeria girls:
Hundreds sent to country to assist local
forces in battle against Boko Haram
Daily Mail [UK], by David Williams, Ian Drury    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/28/2014 12:47:27 AM     Post Reply
Hundreds of British troops are set to be sent to Nigeria to help local forces in their war with Al Qaeda-linked terrorists holding nearly 300 schoolgirls hostage. Details of the planned deployment emerged as Nigerian officials claimed they now know where the girls are being held but warned any rescue attempt could lead to them being killed by the fanatical Islamist Boko Haram. Air Marshal Alex Badeh, Nigeria´s Chief of Defence Staff, said : ´The good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are…but where they are held, can we go there with force? We can´t

‘Virgin killer’ was a
Madman, not a Misogynist
Breitbart London [UK], by Milo Yiannopoulos    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/28/2014 12:32:39 AM     Post Reply
A 22-year-old became the latest perpetrator of a “shooting rampage” this weekend when he killed six people before dying of a gunshot wound to the head. He claimed he was taking revenge on women for a life of sexless scorn. Well, if I were a virgin at 22, I’d be angry too. But I’ll let you into a secret: in no meaningful way was this killer a misogynist, as some are claiming. He was simply insane. It isn’t hard to imagine why Elliot Rodger struggled with girls. He was a pretty boy but self-conscious, theatrical and obviously disturbed. Despite his

   

 

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Sir Christopher Lee marks 92nd
birthday releasing heavy metal
version of Sinatra´s My Way
Daily Express [UK], by Felicity Thistlethwaite    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/27/2014 4:53:30 PM     Post Reply
He´s never been one for following the trend, and it would seem this London-born actor is determined to make a lasting impression on his fans. Lord Of The Rings star Sir Christopher Lee has celebrated his 92nd birthday by releasing a heavy metal version of the Frank Sinatra classic My Way. It is one of seven tracks on an album called Metal Knight which he has recorded with an Italian band called Rhapsody of Fire. Sir Christopher, who turned 92 today, said: "The song My Way is a very remarkable song, it is also difficult to sing because you´ve got to

Everyone gets a perfect score!
Federal financial agency ditches employee
performance ratings after union members
and minorities consistently perform worse
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/27/2014 4:26:49 PM     Post Reply
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a watchdog department created in 2011 to create a level financial playing field for American consumers, has scrapped its internal employee performance review process following revelations that nonunion workers and caucasians routinely scored better than unionized employees and minorities in 2013. The annual performance reviews award scores on a scale from 1 to 5 and are closely tied to salary raises, bonuses and career advancement. Instead of keeping the scores in place, agency leaders have decided to award all of their 1,100 employees ratings of ´5.´ An internal CFPB report released this month found that ´the average ratings

´Harder to end wars than it is to begin
them´: Obama will keep 9,800 US
troops in Afghanistan after December
despite State of the Union promise to*
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/27/2014 4:19:55 PM     Post Reply
In a stunning admission Tuesday afternoon, a senior White House official told reporters on a conference call that part of the continuing U.S. mission in Afghanistan will involve training security forces in that country to ´help us´ defeat al-Qaeda--not the other way around. The White House has sought to assure the press that the U.S. role after 2014 would be reduced to what President Barack Obama called ´an advisory role´ just an hour later. [Snip] ´We want to maintain a counterterrorism ability´ there to keep al-Qaeda in check, he said. ´We´re going to train Afghan security forces to help us

Malaysian Muslim groups call for
jihad on Cadbury after pork
traces found in chocolate
Telegraph [UK], by Josie Ensor    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/27/2014 8:41:58 AM     Post Reply
Muslim groups are calling for a boycott of Cadbury after two of its products sold in predominately Islamic Malaysia were found to contain traces of pork. The discovery was made during a periodic check for non-halal ingredients in food products by the country´s Ministry of Health, which confirmed porcine DNA traces in its bars of Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond. [Snip] "They have betrayed us Muslims by putting haram elements in the foods we consume," said Abu Bakar Yahya, a leader of Malay rights group Perkasa. told a news conference convened in Kuala Lumpur.

Russia joins global dash for
shale in policy volte-face
Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/27/2014 6:35:08 AM     Post Reply
Russia is launching a strategic drive to unlock its shale oil wealth as crude output stagnates and reserves run low in the West Siberian fields, aiming to replicate America´s technology leap in a near total reversal of policy. The Kremlin has launched an "action plan" to master fracking methods and lure investors into the Bazhenov prospective, a shale basin the size of France to the east of the Urals. Officials are no longer dismissing shale´s promise as a mirage. "We are clearing away the administrative barriers to exploration. This is the urgent challenge we are now facing," said Kirill Molodtsov, the

   

 

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Blair launches extraordinary attack on
´nasty and unpleasant´ Ukip, as he urges
Miliband to ´stand up´ to Farage and
own MPs over Europe and immigration
Daily Mail [UK], by Tom McTague    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/27/2014 5:27:35 AM     Post Reply
Tony Blair this morning launched a furious assault on Ukip in the wake of the party´s European election triumph--describing it as ´nasty and unpleasant´. It came after Labour MP Simon Danczuk broke ranks to demand stricter curbs on who can come to work in Britain. But Mr Blair said swinging to the right on Europe and immigration would only ´confuse´ Labour voters. The former PM´s intervention this morning risks deepening the growing division within the party over how to respond to Ukip´s rise, amid growing fears that it will eat into traditional Labour heartlands at next year´s election.



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Government Agency Scraps Employee
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Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/27/2014 1:24:44 PM     Post Reply
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